Pawsitivity Service Dogs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in St. Paul, MN, dedicated to rescuing dogs and training them as service dogs for individuals with disabilities, focusing on children with autism. When a dog is not appropriate for a child, but would still make a good service dog, Pawsitivity trains the dog for an adult with a disability.
One out of 68 children in the U.S. have autism.1
1.2 million unwanted dogs are killed each year in the U.S.2
Our vision is to provide the highest-quality trained assistance dogs for families and teachers in need with highly individualized lifetime support for each dog/handler team. The work of service dogs is not just told through our years of positive experiences with dogs and families, the effect service dogs have is backed up by hard science. Here are some quotes from scientific studies published in peer-reviewed journals about how service dogs can help people:
Studies show that service dogs provide3:
Substantial increases in self-esteem.
Increase in the extent to which the individuals felt in control of their lives.
Increase of measures general psychological well-being.
Dramatic improvements in social interactions and community integration.
Improvements in school attendance rates and/or part-time employment.
Perhaps most surprising and dramatically, all participants in this study showed dramatic decreases in the number of hours of (paid or unpaid) assistance they required.
PAWSITIVITY SERVICE DOGS DO AMAZING THINGS
Peer-reviewed studies show that trained service dogs changes people for the better, and they4:
Are more independent (90%).
Have higher self-esteem (80%).
Are more content (80%)
Are more assertive (80%)
Service dogs help in almost every category studied, including helping their social life in addition to performing the specific assistance tasks for which they were trained.5
92% of subjects reported that people frequently stopped to talk with them when they went out with their dog.
75% reported that they had made new friends since they had their dog.
THESE DOGS GO FROM BEING UNWANTED TO BEING HEROES
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